Anyone heard of the book Games People Play or I’m Okay, You’re Okay or the term “TA”? I ask because when I explained to Holly about this awesome old book she thought I was talking about “t!ts and ass.” She wondered if this post would be SFW . Sorry to disappoint, but it isn’t that kind of T and A. (Click here to read the Wikipedia article about TA.) In the 60s and 70s, this was THE pop psychology idea of the time. I had a teacher as an undergrad that was a complete convert to the TA lifestyle. Every class was about games, “strokes,” and if we were “okay”. He talked like this all the time, complete with touching and hugs. It was awful.
So here we have this book. All for the kids. Probably a great purchase for the 1970s, but I can’t imagine anyone having a TA parenting style today. (The jargon alone is weed-worthy.) I will say that probably Games People Play or I’m Okay, You’re Okay are probably keepers for a large psychology collection, but this one probably can be tossed without too much fanfare. Psychology people, please weigh in on TA for the modern collection. I know I have a bias, and probably a mild case of PTSD from my exposure in 1979.